If there is something better than one woman’s fight for glory, it is eleven women fighting for glory as a team. Although evidence of a football like game dates back to 5000BC, modern football as we know today came about much later in England circa 1850.
Women’s participation in the sport took even longer due to a lack of gender equality and the perceived “masculinity” of the sport. Following the huge societal changes during the post World War I and the increased space for women to participate in typically male dominated activities, women finally took to pitch. Improvement in women’s football however, was not fast. Problems with equal pay and equal space in the sporting world still exist and continue to hinder women’s football. Despite the obstacles, women’s football continues to grow and there are now 176 national women football teams around the globe.
Women Playing Football – Origin
World War I brought misery for the entire world. It took a lot of aspects of humanity from world but it also paved the way for some revolutionary movements. It is interesting to see that women’s football had its first sparkle during World War I. Thanks to heavy industry in England, sports and especially football, were very well known throughout the entire island. The first match on record was played between a team from London against one from Scotland. The final score of this match was 22-0, with England taking the victory.
After this period, the Football Association banned women playing football, in association’s owners’ pitches, claiming that: “matches are distasteful and unattractive.” Despite this opposition, women kept playing football in rugby fields and the sport grew. Read more